Scientific Lead & Team

Scientific Board

Günter Bentele is an emeritus professor of Public Relations at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. Prior to earning his Ph.D. and habilitation at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin), he studied German literature, linguistics, communication and media studies and political science in Munich and Berlin. At the moment, he researches and publishes on history of PR, ethics and trust. He actively participates in numerous committees, including the German Council for Public Relations.


Claudia Mast is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim. In 2015, the communication scientist was selected as "professor of the year". Her main research focus are innovations in Corporate Communications, strategic communications and topic management, as well as business jounalism and Corporate Publishing. She was Senior Executive at Siemens AG in Munich and she published numerous textbooks on journalism, communication management and business journalism. She actively participates in numerous committees, including the Board of Directors of Deutsche Welle in Bonn.

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Phone: +49-711-45922639
Mail: sekrkowi@uni-hohenheim.de


Ulrike Röttger is Professor of Public Relations at the Department of Communication at the University of Münster, Germany. She studied journalism at the University of Dortmund and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Zurich. She trained as a systemic organizational consultant at the Scientific Institute of Consulting and Communication (WIBK) in Paderborn. Ulrike Röttger has workedas an appraiser, lecturer and consultant for companies and non-profit organizations for more than 15 years.

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Phone: +49-251-8321243
Mail: ulrike.roettger@uni-muenster.de


Ansgar Zerfass is Professor and Chair in Strategic Communication at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He is also Professor in Communication and Leadership at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, and, inter alia, Plank Scholar at The Plank Center for Leadership and Communication at the University of Alabama, USA. The habilitated communication scientists with a PhD in Business Administration worked ten years within Corporate Communications in business practice. He published a lot of books focused on Corporate Communications, Measurement and Evaluation and International Communication.

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Phone: +49-341-9735040
Mail: zerfass@uni-leipzig.de

Research Team


Sophia Charlotte Volk (M.A.) is research associate at the Department of Strategic Communication at the University of Leipzig and has been involved in the research project Value Creating Communication since January 2015 with a particular focus on systematically consolidating the existing body of knowledge as well as conducting the empirical study. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant in a range of research projects, for instance the European Communication Monitor. She studied communication science and communication management at the Universities of Münster, Zürich, Leipzig and Ohio. In her dissertation project she is currently researching the role of strategic communication in international organizations. Her research interests include cross-cultural and international communication, strategy alignment and evaluation/measurement.

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Phone: +49-341-9735045

Mail: sophia-charlotte.volk@uni-leipzig.de

Dr. Christian Wiencierz is a research assistant at the Department of Communication (IfK) at the University of Münster. Following a vocational traineeship in the field of audiovisual media he worked as a management assistant on several TV productions. He studied communication studies at the Department of Communication in Münster and completed his Ph.D. within the Research Training Group on the topic of Trust and communication in a digitized world. His research interests include trust research, word of mouth, organizational communication and campaign communication.

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Phone: +49-251-8323014
Mail: christian.wiencierz@uni-muenster.de

Administration & Communication

Karen Berger is responsible for internal and external communications as well as the relationship management of the Academic Society. Furthermore she is project leader of the research program Value Creating Communiction. Karen Berger studied communication and media, business administration and sociology at the University of Leipzig and the University of Valencia, specializing in public relations and marketing. From 2007 to 2014 she worked for Siemens Corporate Communications in Munich and Bangkok. She was responsible for projects in the area of issues management and thought leadership. Berger also led the research series Green City Index.

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Phone: +49-341-9735052
Mail: berger@akademische-gesellschaft.com


Katrin Witthoff has worked for the Academic Society since 2010 and is currently responsible for the areas of organization, administration and finance. Further responsibilities: Preparation of the Leadership Forum, Hermes Dinner, relationship management with the Society’s corporate partners and point of contact to the Deutsches Stiftungszentrum. (German Foundations Centre). She studied administrative sciences in Hamburg and worked afterwards in the field of port development, foreign trade and delegations for Hamburg’s senator for Economic Affairs. Subsequently Katrin Witthoff gained experience abroad in the German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City and at Krones Nordic in Copenhagen.

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Phone: +49-341-9735050
Mail: witthoff@akademische-gesellschaft.com

Board of Trustees Guenter-Thiele-Foundation

  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Schuppener (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Werner Suess (Deputy Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Guenter Bentele, University of Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk, University of Leipzig
  • Erich Steinsdoerfer, Association of German Science Foundations
  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Zerfass, University of Leipzig

 

Honorary Chairman of the Foundation:

  • Dr. h.c. Guenter F. Thiele